New Delhi: Amar Singh, the most prominent face of the Samajwadi Party (SP) along with party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, quit as its general secretary on Wednesday, citing health reasons.
Singh, who had publicly voiced differences with Yadav after a recent Lok Sabha bypoll defeat, also resigned as party spokesperson and member of the SP parliamentary board.
Still in the game: Amar Singh cites health reasons for stepping down, but insists that he was not retiring from active politics. PTI
“I am resigning from the party strictly as per the advice of my doctors, who have asked me to take complete rest, as I have just undergone a major kidney transplant operation,” the 53-year-old Rajya Sabha member said after faxing his resignation from Dubai. “I had been giving more priority to Mulayam Singh Yadav and the party. After 20 years, now I should look after my children, wife and their welfare, over and above that of Mulayam Singh and the party.”
Although he refrained from blaming the party for his poor health, he said it was only the families of film star Amitabh Bachchan and Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group chairman Anil Ambani who looked after him. Singh also insisted he was not retiring from active politics.
The leader had recently criticized Yadav and his family members after the SP chief’s daughter-in-law, Dimple Yadav, lost to Congress candidate Raj Babbar from Firozabad in November.
Last year too, he had threatened to resign during Lok Sabha polls, when some senior SP leaders challenged the candidature of actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada.
The SP chief, however, denied he had any differences with Singh. “There is no such thing. I spoke to him only a couple of days back,” he said, when asked if their spat had led to the resignation. “He has resigned only from the post of general secretary and not from the party,” Yadav said, adding that the matter would be discussed in SP’s parliamentary board and executive committee meetings.